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The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly

Everyone needs a good book and a stiff drink, be they vampire, wicche, demon, or fae.  Sam’s a bartender and book nerd who has hid her whole life, but Clive is bringing her into the light to help him fight for her life.  

sam quinn #2Title:  The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s
Author:  Seana Kelly
Series:  Sam Quinn #2
Publish Date: April 12, 2021
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Things have been busy lately. While the near-constant attempts on my life have ceased, I now have a vampire gentleman caller. I’ve been living with Clive and the rest of his vampires for a few weeks while the Slaughtered Lamb is being rebuilt. It’s going about as well as you’d expect.

My mother was a wicche and long dormant abilities are starting to make themselves known. If I’d had a choice, necromancy wouldn’t have been my top pick, but it’s starting to come in handy. A ghost warns me someone is coming to kill Clive. When I rush back to the nocturne, I find vamps from New Orleans readying an attack. One of the benefits of vampires looking down on werewolves is no one expects much of me. They don’t expect it right up until I take their heads.

Now, Clive and I are setting out for New Orleans to take the fight back to the source. Vampires are masters of the long game. Revenge plots are often decades, if not centuries, in the making. We came expecting one enemy, but quickly learn we have darker forces scheming against us. Good thing I’m the secret weapon they never see coming

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I love these characters. The premise of the story is familiar but I still really liked it. It did have a couple of turns, not hair-pin turns, but turns nonetheless.

Sam is a 24 year old woman. Clive is a thousand year old vampire. If you can suspend your disbelief for that, than you can totally enjoy this book.

What drew me in was that Sam owns a bar and a bookstore. What a combination! Who wouldn’t love that? She’s a werewolf – a lone one – but one developing gifts that are helpful to the vampires. Do they want her only for her gifts or is it truly love? I think in this book, it’s truly love. The book isn’t that kind of story which makes my head hurt a lot less. It’s a fun ride and like I said, I love the characters. I can’t wait for book #3.

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Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack

love and lavenderTitle: Love and Lavender
Author:  Josi S. Kilpack
Series:  Mayfield Family #4
Publish Date: November 2, 2021
Source: reviewer received from publisher

Publisher’s Description:Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.

Now working as a teacher in an elite private girls’ school, she is content with the way her story has unfolded. When her uncle Elliott Mayfield presents her with the prospect of a substantial inheritance if she marries, Hazel is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? Besides, she loves her freedom as a professional, respected woman. When she hears rumors of the school possibly being sold, however, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale has a brilliant mind and thrives on order and process. He does not expect to marry because he likes his solitary life, shared only with his beloved cat. When Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, presents him with an inheritance if he marries a woman of social standing, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, with the inheritance, he could purchase the building in which he works and run his own firm. It would take an impressive and intellectual woman to understand and love him, quirks and all.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, receive their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But when Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must live together as husband and wife for one year before receiving their inheritances, Hazel and Duncan reluctantly agree. Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I always like Josi Kilpack’s books.  Proper Romances focus mostly on the emotional connection between the love interests instead of the physical one.  This is a very unique couple.  Duncan is an accountant and it appears that he has the symptoms of some sort of neurological issue kind of like Asperger’s Syndrome because he is INCREDIBLY smart, but has difficulty in social areas of his life.  I was impressed that an author would write a less than perfect main character.  Hazel is a teacher at an all girls school and her niche is advanced mathematics.  She wants to better young girls lives so they have the ability to pick and choose the rest of their lives rather than pigeonholed in an uneducated, underpaid and less satisfying life.

I enjoyed the story and I cannot imagine the research that this author had to do in order to make this book cohesive.  I have to admit that I skipped over the math parts because I am not good at it nor understand it.   I could definitely see the support each half of the couple gave to the other.  It wasn’t an extremely romantic book, but it was very interesting.

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Before It’s Too Late by Sara Driscoll

Before It's too LateTitle: Before It’s Too Late
Author:  Sara Driscoll
Series:  FBI K-9 #2
Publish Date: September 25, 2018
Source: reviewer bough from Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: Somewhere in the Washington, D.C. area, a woman lies helpless in a box. Barely breathing. Buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman’s abductor. He wants to play a game: decipher the clues, save the girl. The FBI’s top cryptanalysts crack the code and Special Agent Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, scramble to the scene of the crime—too late. But the killer’s game is far from over . . .

Another message, another victim. The deadly pattern is repeated—again and again. As the body count mounts, Meg decides to break protocol and bring in her brilliant sister, Cara, a genius at word games, to decipher the kidnapper’s twisted clues. Meg knows she’s risking her career to do it, but she’s determined not to let one more person die under her and Hawk’s watch. If the plan fails, it could bite them in the end. And if it leads to the killer, it could bury them forever . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This story is ENTIRELY different than the first book.  This isn’t a cookie cutter mystery series, for sure!  The premise is very disturbing as the killer is asphyxiates his victims in a myriad of different ways but each victim has a remarkable resemblance to Meg.  If I remember correctly, only one of several victims die thanks to Meg’s sister and Clay McCord.  Meg’s sister Kara is incredible with puzzles and all the notes the killer leaves are encrypted PLUS McCord is a whiz at civil war history.  Those two work together amazingly well so therein starts the romance.  Todd Webb makes his move on Meg, but all of this romance is not the center of the book.    The center of these books (that I’ve discovered so far) deal with the mystery and the chase of the killer.  This book did not disappoint me in the least as it was the same fast paced and a great storyline.

Again, there was no sex, some foul language, a lot of close calls of death and a crazy twist at the end for the killer.  I thought I had it figured out, but in the end I was close but sadly no cigar for me.  Oh, and those of you who are like me and HATE cliffhangers?  There is none.  So far, each book finishes the case but the character building keeps evolving.  Also, the narrator Angela Dawe was incredible as in the first book.

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Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll

I picked up this book on Kindle Unlimited quite awhile ago.  Surely can’t figure out why I waited so long to read it!

loan wolfTitle:  Loan Wolf
Author:  Sara Driscoll
Series:  FBI K-9 #1
Publish Date: August 29, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited @ Amazon

Publisher’s Description: Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere—living or dead. When a bomb rips apart a government building in Washington D.C., it takes all of the team’s extensive search-and-rescue training to locate and save the workers and visitors buried beneath the rubble.

But even as the duo are hailed as heroes, a bomber remains at large, striking terror in a widening spiral of unpredictability. As more bombs are detonated and the body count escalates, Meg and Hawk are assigned to a task force dedicated to stopping the unseen killer. It will come down to a battle of wits and survival skills between Meg, Hawk, and the bomber they’re tracking to rescue a nation from the brink of chaos.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I love animals and it just so happens on my summer reading bingo card, one of the squares is to read a book with an animal in it.  I figured I’d start the book and if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t out anything.  Oh, MAN!  I would have spent full price for this book!  It was a page turner and I loved it!

Meg is a K-9 handler for the FBI and Hawk is a black lab rescue that she’s taught search and rescue.  I gotta tell ya that I’d LOVE to have that training skill.  Anyway, this story is about a homegrown terrorist bombing public buildings.  Meg meets Todd Web and Clay McCord.  Clay McCord is instrumental in helping to solve the case even though tensions are high with him being a reporter for the Washington Post.

The story was sad as much as satisfying in the end.  The end didn’t change all the people who died, but at least the guy got caught and Hawk took a bite out of him.  There was no sex, there is some foul language and a lot of death, but the bright light shown on those who survived.

It was a great book – very mystery/thriller but not as thriller-ish as a psychological thriller (those books are INTENSE).  Oh and the narrator?  Angela Dawe was magnificent!  I sunk so far into the story with her narrating, I didn’t even notice her narrating – that’s how good she was!

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The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen

Out of Nell’s comfort zone challenge!  I tried a new to me genre.  I’m not much into thrillers, but I’m glad I started with this one!

face of deceptionTitle:  The Face of Deception
Author:  Iris Johansen
Series:  Eve Duncan #1
Publish Date: 1999
Source:  reviewer borrowed from library

Publisher’s Description:  An unidentified skull…

A trail of terrifying secrets…

And a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth…

As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. Her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve’s way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accepts work from billionaire John Logan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct—a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that truth goes to the grave…even if Eve gets buried with it.

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Nervous Nellie says…

This was a VERY good read.  I finished it in 2 days and that’s practically a miracle for me anymore.  Ruby Lee and I were disappointed that the library didn’t have it’s annual book bingo game this year so we made our own.  The first challenge I had was to read a book that she has already read.  I picked this one.  I was not sorry.  This book has action all the way through.  The heroine is a bit um…nieve is the word I think I want to use.  She had a hard childhood, she was a mother at 16, she had a mother on drugs but yet she can’t accept that her friend that was a Navy SEAL and is now a cop killed anybody?  Mmmm…that one is a bit hard to swallow.  She’s also very strong willed and a take control kind of woman who lost her child to a murderer, but she doesn’t want to believe a side to her friend that we all know exists?  And this friend of hers who I KNOW FOR A FACT thinks himself more than a friend but doesn’t show it?  What the hell?  And then he married a different woman who he didn’t love instead?  What’s up with that?  I don’t get that at all.  That relationship is messed up.

Anyway, the story was action packed, like I said.  I mean page turning action packed.  Yes, there was murder – multiples.  The author didn’t pull any punches when she lets you get to know a character and then kills him off.  Brutal that was…geez.  So, the premise is kind of politically directed and the end intent of the master villain was sort of noble, but they went far too far with their secret.  Of course, I didn’t find out about this until towards the end.  That part was kind of a whaaaa? kind of moment.  There was no sex, there was no swearing if any at all.  I read a couple of reviews where the reader didn’t want any kind of romance in the book, but I didn’t actually feel much romance.  The two heroes of the book would like to keep the heroine for themselves, but the one lost his chance when he married and this new guy kinda screwed it up by nearly getting her killed.  I thought there was the right amount of romance for a thriller.  It was a good book.  I’d give it 5 stars for keeping me entertained.

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